Field Finance Director

Location: International
Position Location: Global

Description

Position: Field Finance Director
Location: Global, depending upon candidate right to work in one of RI’s office locations, with regular travel to the field (up to 30%)
Reports to: Chief Financial Officer
Direct Reports: Dotted line technical support to Regional Finance Managers 

About RI


Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 18 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.


Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.


Relief International includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI-France and RI-Europe.  Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.
 

Position in Brief


The Field Finance Director is responsible for setting standards for field finance activities and for monitoring compliance with RI and donor policies and procedures at the regional and country office level. This is done by working with both the Regional Finance Managers and through them the country office finance personnel.


Including developing processes for monitoring country office internal controls (in conjunction with the Regional Finance managers), helping ensure the accuracy and timeliness of reporting to donors, helping ensure that collections from donors are prioritized, and working with GSO finance to help ensure that the entire system of accounting and reporting from GSO down to the country office level is efficient and effective.


In addition, this position has broad responsibility to assist the CFO in the development of strategy and process for field finance functions and acting as a liaison between the Regional Finance managers and the CFO/GSO finance departments.  Such strategic discussions may include the development and implementation of a Shared Services strategy to centralize certain country level accounting and finance functions, enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of country level accounting and processes by helping develop or deploy new systems or enhancements to existing systems. This position will be a key liaison between Regional Finance Managers, and through them, country offices and the Relief International Treasurer to help ensure optimum utilization of Relief International’s working capital.

Key Performance Areas
 
Team Development/Leadership
 
In conjunction with Regional Directors, help oversee, direct, and organize the work of the Regional Finance Managers.
Help develop and deploy a career pathing process for country finance personnel by working with the regions, Regional Finance Managers and Human Resources to codify and communicate processes and career conversations throughout country finance departments.  
Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
Help Regional Finance Managers develop a career path based on their expectations and experience in order to match to new or existing opportunities within RI. 
Help regions and GSO finance identify surge roster candidates for emergency or temporary deployments to other areas of need. 
Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate feedback, training and development.
Working through the Regional Finance Managers, help build the capacity of country office finance staff as required by identifying training or other career enhancement opportunities. 
Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, and monitor and evaluate results.
 
Technical Leadership
 
Lead the organization to excellence in all aspects of financial management.  This will include but not be limited to ensuring the development of relevant field focused policies and procedures, projects to improve effectiveness and efficiency, and implementation of professional standards of performance.  Professional standards of performance will include standards on timely account reconciliations, timely completion of month end closes, and accurate and timely donor reporting.  This will include helping country offices ensure compliance with donor regulations and RI policies, particularly around procurement, allocations of overhead, and accurate timekeeping in accordance with donor wishes.  
Help lead in the implementation of new global operational improvements to enhance the organization’s effectiveness and efficiency including implementing new systems and new processes, including Shared Accounting Services. 
Coordinate with Global Assurance (GA) to help define high risk operational environments (risk from a compliance capacity perspective) for GA review, and design support interventions to address weaknesses identified through GA reviews.
 
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
 
Applicants should possess:
 
A bachelor degree in accounting or a related, relevant field
A minimum of 10 years of experience with INGOs at field as well as regional HQ levels. 
Significant experience with finance and accounting at INGOs with a focus on regional or country level finance and accounting operations. 
A significant degree of knowledge of NetSuite or other cloud based accounting/ERP software. 
Proven track record of success preferably within fragile settings, emergencies and developing countries.
Strong, positive track-record of collaboration – able to work with diverse teams in diverse locations, engaging their input and commitment to success
High level of organization and decision-making skills working in a fast-paced work environment
A systematic approach to work
History of successfully developing and mentoring teams and communicating vision to others.
Excellent communication skills, written, oral and listening
Experience in remotely managing a team of 7 or more members
Creative with the ability to think outside the box
 
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
 
We value:
Inclusiveness
Transparency and Accountability
Agility and Innovation
Collaboration
Sustainability 

 





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